Buffalo a mecca for fishermen? It has been this week as 41 anglers have gathered to compete in the Red Man All-American bass tournament on Lake Erie and the Niagara River.
The top prize is $100,000, which should make the men holding the rods fight harder than the fish biting the hooks.
Launching this morning for the final day of competition is at 7 at the Erie Basin Marina. Participants must return to the marina by 3 p.m., at which time all of the live wells will be taken to the Buffalo Convention Center for the weigh-in.
Convention Center doors open at 11 this morning, with fishing seminars and a trick casting demonstration scheduled to entertain spectators while they wait for the competitors to return.
An excellent field is playing in the LPGA's Rochester International at Locust Hill Country Club at Pittsford this weekend, with nine of the tour's top 10 money winners entered.
The third and fourth rounds will be today and Sunday, with tickets going for $20 each day.
The first players will tee off at 8:30 a.m. both days, weather permitting, with the leaders going off at 12:30 p.m.
To get to the event, take the Thruway to Exit 46. Take Route 390 to the Jefferson Road exit. Parking is free at 12 commercial and business lots on Jefferson Road, with some restrictions.
Pilot Field will be the site of a celebration of the old and the new, as the Buffalo Bisons take on the Richmond Braves in games today and Sunday and the National Old Timers Classic taking over Monday.
The games against the Braves of the International League are set for 7:05 p.m. today and 2:05 p.m. Sunday.
The base on balls down memory lane will begin Monday at 4:30 p.m., at which time the players will be available for an hour's worth of photo opportunities. Fans are to enter through the center field gate.
Batting practice starts at 6:30, the player introductions at 7:30 and the five-inning game at 7:30.
John McHale, a former Bison now deputy chairman of the board of the Montreal Expos, will be honored.
If you have a ticket, or feel confident enough you can hustle one, you can catch the New York Yankees playing the Toronto Blue Jays in the SkyDome today and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. The latter game will be televised on Ch. 9 and WPIX.
Strong arms of the law
Police department slow-pitch softball teams from the eastern U.S. and Canada are entered in the All Law Enforcement tournament being held today and Sunday at the Cheektowaga Town Park.
Games start at 9 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday, with the championship set for 1:30 p.m. Since this is a double-elimination tournament, if a second final is necessary it will follow at 3.
In this corner . . .
You can relive some of the fight game's biggest moments when Ch. 2 shows NBC's the Greatest Boxing Rounds Ever at 4 p.m. today.
Marv Albert and Ferdie Pacheco will be joined by the likes of Angelo Dundee in a look at the 15 greatest boxing rounds ever.
Among the chosen rounds are: The 10th round of Buster Douglas' monumental upset knockout victory over Mike Tyson last February in Tokyo; No. 1 in the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling return bout in which Louis tried to get revenge on the only man ever to beat him; the 13th of the Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta bout that was recreated in the movie "The Raging Bull"; and the first in the Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston rematch in which Liston was felled by a phantom punch.
TV goes national
Of the seven baseball games to be televised locally this weekend, only Sunday's Yankees at Blue Jays game (1:30 p.m., Ch. 9, WPIX) involves teams from the American League.
The national game today at 1 p.m. is the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs. The Philadelphia Phillies at the New York Mets will show up tonight and Sunday (7 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively on WOR), as will the the San Diego Padres at the Atlanta Braves (7:05 p.m. and 2:05 p.m., respectively on WTBS). The Los Angeles Dodgers face the Cincinnati Reds in the ESPN Sunday night game (8 o'clock).
Still paying attention?
The World Cup soccer tournament heads into the second round today with the U.S. sent home without a victory.
Kicking off the quarterfinals will be the Cinderella squad from Cameroon at 10:55 a.m. against Colombia.
The second game in today's double-header will be Czechoslovakia vs. Costa Rica at 2:55 p.m.
Playing Sunday will be Brazil vs. Argentina at 10:55 a.m. and West Germany vs. Holland at 2:55 p.m. All games will be carried by TNT, Ted Turner's other cable network.
Splendor on grass
The All-England Tennis Championships, better known as Wimbledon, begin Monday, with HBO carrying highlights on the day's play at 5 p.m. through Friday.
The final of the women's Pilkington Grass Championships is today at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
Best of the rest
The finals of the PBA's $125,000 Fresno Open will be shown at 3 p.m. today on Ch. 7. A tape of the $1,000,000 million National Challenge bowling tournament will be carried by ESPN today at 1 p.m. . . . Two auto races will be shown Sunday: The NASCAR Michigan 400 at 1 p.m. on Ch. 4 and the CART Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 at 4 p.m. on ESPN.